From the perspective of Ris Miati, owner of Rituals hair salon in Legian who comes from East Java.
What are we here for?
To have a family and enjoy life. Also to love each other, since love is the most important thing in life.
Do you believe in the Big Bang theory that the circa-13.7-billion-year-old universe and all that’s in it was created by a massive explosion of enormously dense matter at what may have been the beginning of time?
If there is a God, where is he?
God is everywhere.
Is there a mystery to life?
Of course. Death and the future are big mysteries.
Do you think we’re alone in the universe?
No, we can’t be.
There is a theory that there may be parallel universes with exact copies of us – doppelgangers – doing exactly the same thing as us right now. What do you think about that?
I believe it’s possible.
So what do you think happens to people when they die?
They die in this world but they’re alive somewhere else.
Where is your soul and what is it?
My soul is my heart.
Science says that all matter and energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Therefore, will our energy, in the form of our soul, live on for infinity?
Yes, it will.
Do you know your place in the universe?
No, I don’t.
Some people believe that because we are made of the same matter as the universe – carbon, and other elements, like nitrogen – anything we ask it will be attracted to us, popularised recently in the movie The Secret. What’s your view?
I believe it can happen.
Are we being observed?
If there is a God, why does he allow such colossal suffering of people on Earth, either through war, disease or natural disasters?
It’s a mystery. But the world is also changing because humans are destroying it.